Celebrating 25 years & 25 tips I have picked up on my journey!


My over arching learning is this. Human growth comes from an abundance of memorable experiences and engaging human encounters around the world.

But from a business perspective and they are both linked, here are my top 25.

  1. Life isn’t about creating a business, life is about creating yourself within a business.
  2. Running a business doesn’t make you happy, people do. Love, nurture and respect all. Compassionate leadership brings great results. I learnt this from raising three super kids!
  3. Don’t take yourself too seriously. You are not meant to know what you are doing but it’s fun figuring it out.
  4. Imagination. Let your mind take you where you want to go. Stretch it and trust it. Anything is possible, I promise.
  5. Feel the fear and do it anyway. Tremendous pride and confidence comes from conquering your fears.
  6. Get out of your own way. Don’t procrastinate, just take one step onto the ladder and keep climbing.
  7. Curiosity is a gift. When you think you have asked too many questions, ask another and another.
  8. Your network is your net worth. Surround yourself with your peers, not just in your country but look further a field. Avoid island thinking!
  9. Explore the same industry in other countries. You will find the golden pot at the end of the rainbow and make so many friendships on the way.
  10. Be the most stupid person in the room. It can be terrifying but it’s when you learn at speed. Surround yourself with people who are better than you.
  11. Be vulnerable and ask for help. People love to help when you ask.
  12. Great ideas are nothing without a plan – a time schedule, a budget and one accountable leader.
  13. Appreciate and celebrate your talents, but spend double the time understanding what is not your strength. Laugh at them and never do them again! 😂
  14. Never be afraid of what you can’t do. There is always someone who excels at it. Find them quickly.
  15. Work hard. It’s called work for a reason, it’s hard! Life’s journey is not meant to be easy, but when it’s good, it’s so great.
  16. There is no such thing as good luck. You make your own luck. It’s all about choice and the path you take.
  17. You have to move slowly to move quickly. A well schooled horse wins the race.
  18. To grow your business, grow your industry in tandem. A healthy ecosystem of joint up thinking is a happy playground.
  19. Accept every offer of mentorship and mentor back. Enjoy the joy of giving back.
  20. Be your authentic self. You are great as you are and this is when you are FREE. True freedom is understanding that you have a choice in who and what you allow to have power over you.
  21. Nature is your best friend. Many a crisis I have solved with my feet in a stream or walking on a beach. When you stand up and walk in nature, solutions come to the fore, when you sleep your 8 hours, your mind is ready to take on the day.
  22. You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. An old one but so true.
  23. The greatest day in your life is when you take total responsibility for your attitudes. That’s the day you truly grow up. (One sentence from one of my many mentors taught me this).
  24. Never take your work troubles home. They are hard enough in work, why would you want to repeat them? Compartmentalise, be present with your family and sleep, sleep sleep.
  25. Create your fun in business. When you work this hard, friendships, laughter and fun times make is very worthwhile. Spread the net wide and share the fun.

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